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Photograph was edited for publication purposes Louis Silvie Zamperini was born on January 26, 1917 in Olean, N.Y. He was an American track and field Olympian and World War II prisoner of war. His extraordinary tale of endurance after being shot down in the Pacific became the subject of a bestselling book and film. In 1952 Zamperini opened Victory Boys Camp for troubled youth on a site in the Angeles National Forest. The camp operated for many years, but eventually closed. Zamperini's family decided to reopen the camp in 2015. He died on July 2, 2014. Photograph caption dated April 27, 1954 reads "Tent quarters of boys staying at Zamperini's camp house boys (sic) during summer season. Zamperini and other counselors inspect buildings every day to award prizes to boys with best quarters. He sees to it that every boy at camp wins some kind of prize at least once during stay." The article partially reads "From his home at 4063 Camelia Ave., North Hollywood, Zamperini is conducting a campaign which will enable him to open his Victory Boys' Ranch in the Angeles National Forest this summer for hundreds of other boys."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm. Photographic prints
00133396 Valley Times Collection HCNVT_d040_f5_i4 CARL0005578332 http://22.214.171.124/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/63857
Victory Boys Camp (Angeles National Forest) Camps--California--Angeles National Forest Tents--California--Angeles National Forest Trees--California--Angeles National Forest Tables--California--Angeles National Forest Benches--California--Angeles National Forest Mountains--California, Southern Angeles National Forest (Calif.) Valley Times Collection photographs